The Ancient Elements – Earth

Mother Earth’s children

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental; I’ll be sure to cover all the Ancient Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air during this week, as each has presented ample opportunities to me photographically.

In a break from the earlier posts in this series, I am going with a representational image for the Elemental of Earth.  In this image, we look toward the strong connection that humanity has with the earth for its sustenance, materials, living space and many other aspects of our daily lives…

 

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Fields of Tuscany

This image came about from my noticing this particular field, as my wife and I were driving to the town of Pienza in Tuscany.  During the morning there were a number of photographers at this location, so I skipped it, only to find it even more to my liking in the afternoon!

Hope you enjoy!

The Ancient Elements – Air

Breezy air currents

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental; I’ll be sure to cover all the Ancient Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air during this week, as each has presented ample opportunities to me photographically.

Today’s image is another one from my Kryptomorphaics series, which takes an abstract twist to uncover that what lies hidden just beneath the surface of our perception.  It captures the impact of the movement of the Elemental of Air through leaves of a tree in its Autumn livery…

 

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Autumn Winds

This particular image is part of a series that I captured during a visit to the wonderful Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts.  A beautiful Autumn day presented lots of opportunity for the creation of images both abstract and representational.  A slight bit of camera movement during this shot created the additional sense of flow in this shot.

Hope you enjoy!

The Ancient Elements – Water

Relaxed, yet with purpose

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of Elemental; I’ll be sure to cover all the Ancient Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air during this week, as each has presented ample opportunities to me photographically.

Today’s element of Water has presented itself in many ways to me over the years; keeping with yesterday’s post of the element of Fire, I’m presenting another abstract image…

 

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Calm Motion

This image flowed forth from my studying this particular patch of rather rapid stream for a time, as I was intrigued by the interplay of water, plants and air getting pulled into a small vertex.  This study resulted in my playing just a bit with my lens’ zoom during this image that captured a bit of motion by extending the shutter time.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden

Follow the golden rule!

Welcome to Week 69 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

The responses to last week’s challenge theme of Three were phenomenal, as always.  There were some truly creative entries, including one that gave me triple vision!

This week’s theme is one that is inspired by some of the images that I have been editing recently from the collection of images captured during our vacation in Scotland in 2013.  It may take me a while to get to editing images, but all good things come to those who wait (and work hard while waiting).  This week’s theme of Golden flows forth from the wondrous tones that I discovered on the island of Skye, where beautiful landscapes open up at every turn of the winding roads.

With this theme, I hope that you will find some interesting shots, including those that hint at what is golden…possibly, silence?  Let’s see where we end up!

Here’s the image that gave me the idea for this week’s theme…

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Golden hued Skye

This view is of the Quiraing, a landslip in Trotternish on the Isle of Skye; due to this formation’s movement, the road through the Quiraing needs annual repair.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Remember to not kill the goose, and check those rainbows, because you don’t want to miss a golden opportunity!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Three

Three scoops of ice cream?

Welcome to Week 68 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

First of all, thanks to each and every one of you for making last week’s theme another rousing success; it was a lot of fun to read your posts on the theme of Woods!

While the image to kick of this week’s theme is definitely based in Nature, the concept of the theme is very much a human product: Three.  Correct me, if I’m wrong, but I think this is the first numeric theme in the TPC thus far.  As usual, there are many ways to capture an image for this week’s theme, so open up your creative minds and go have fun with this one!!

And, yes, that image from Nature that I promised…

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Geese on the Quinapoxet

This one goes back about 11 years on a wonderful Autumn day.  I had an inkling that the afternoon light would do something special on the almost placid waters of the Quinapoxet river, and I was not disappointed.  I shot this from a rather low position, and it took what would have almost been a roll of film, 34 attempts to get these wonderful Canada geese to line up for me.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

So, don’t lose count of what you’re doing and see what comes in threes in your life during this week!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 67

Woodsy, but never campy!

Welcome to the 67th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! After a very colorful week, we went into the woods for some adventure!

Your views of the woods are as varied as each of your creative minds, which made for both stunning and interesting posts.  This week’s entries often captured the woods in very hospitable and inviting moods, with also a number of mysterious moods that were very interesting to see.  I have some favorites, which I encourage you to figure out!  I’ll love hearing about which posts really spoke to you!

Thanks to all of you for making this another fun week for me to read and view your posts and gather their links!

Here’s a more abstract entry into the magic of the woods…

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Forest Aberration

This twist on the woods was created using my Fuji X-T1 camera with a bit longer exposure and some movement to get the flow; note that the movement is not even, so that the bottom of the image gets a longer exposure that is steady, thus giving a point of departure.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Sarah’s post in By Sarah takes us back to another time with the wonderful image of a Wallace Hut.
  • Xenia brings us two posts this week; the first in whippetwisdom.com is a great haibun with images that take us beyond the gate.  The second shows happy whippets in whippetwisdom.com with a great patch of woods.
  • Nicole tells us of a wonderful oak in Une Photo, un poéme, which was used as a hiding place by the abbot Guillotin during the reign of terror; she captured some lovely images of this ancient oak.
  • This week’s entry in iball round the world shows off a lovely sunset in the woods with vibrant colors!
  • Charles’ post in charlesewaugh shares a wonderful image of a swollen river flowing through the woods after heavy rainfall.
  • pensivity101 conjures up a wonderful post, in which the statue comes to life to play glorious music during starlit nights, only to turn to stone again at dawn!
  • Emily shows us wonderful variety in woods, in her post in Zombie Flamingoes; which one do you like best?
  • Imelda shares a magnificent post in her blog My Wall, in which she tells us of a day in the woods to the river with her children and husband.  In addition to great photos, the prose and poem are amazing!
  • Cee brings us some amazing Douglas firs in her post in Cee’s Photography; they are majestic and stunning!
  • Miriam takes us into the woods by the river in her post in the Shower of Blessing, where there are some amazing finds, including a rather large anchor .
  • Mostly Monochrome‘s post has a truly amazing black&white image of a house in the woods, which you just have to go see!
  • Fleeting Muse is just one of those blogs that you should read; this week’s entry is creative and stunning!
  • Mama Cormier shares some images from the woods nearby her cottage, which must sit in the loveliest spot!
  • Robert brings us a stunning tree image in Photo Robert’s Blog which is executed just to perfection!
  • Bikurgurl must have the most wonderful urban oasis, in which she and her family live, as shown in the image she shares!
  • Roaming Urban Gypsy gives us a tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Central park with some truly urban woods!
  • While they may not quite be woods in theonlyD800inthehameau, those frost covered bare trees are magnificent!
  • Raj’s post in Xdrive has us choosing our path among a variety of truly exotic and lovely trees!
  • The Blog of Hammad Rais provides us with a wonderful photograph that shows a different type of woods: man-made!
  • Rekha went into the woods in wHakAahUa and spotted some elephant dung and a spotted deer!  I like one better than the other 🙂
  • If you would like a beautiful view of Scandinavian Woods, you should go visit Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery‘s post!
  • Ed found something In My Mind’s Eye with his gorgeous image of the steps that might just get us away from Pan!
  • Marie’s post in The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect shows us the rock of ages, captured by the power of the tree!
  • Black Body‘s post has a lovely photo, although I’m not sure that I would be comfortable finding these creatures in the woods…
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales has a set of beautiful photos of the woods, that you should take a closer look at!
  • Dawn’s post in Snap That Bug! takes us back in history as she walks through the woods in Lexington, MA.
  • Klara has a lovely image of the Blue Mountains in Australia in Sliku svoju ljubim II.
  • Liz McCafferty is more than a reasonable family photographer, as demonstrated by her photos of Poinsett State Park in South Carolina.
  • Following Him Beside Still Waters shares a set of magnificent images of foggy morning and purple sunsets in the woods!
  • Mike’s photo in his post in mikesimages really captures the mood of that foggy morning in the woods!
  • This week, Light&Shadows takes us on a tour of the Bangor City Forest, which clearly has some stunning sights and trails!
  • Bullyboy captures the mood of the woods in his post in Travel387; they seem both inviting and mysterious!
  • Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects tells us about taking the road (currently) less traveled, in which we forgive ourselves and one another; that road would lead us to peace!
  • Maria connects us with evergreen in CitySonnet; she captured them beautifully!
  • Susan shows off a truly impressive view of the woods in her entry from Musin’ with Susan, with magnificent trees!
  • Judith takes us to the woods of Leith Hill Place Nature Knows Best; steeped in Ralph Vaughn Williams, she finds us an amazing tree!
  • Khürt’s post in Island in the Net takes us into the woods, as he couldn’t help but go along for a walk with his wife and enjoy the scenery!

The views and moods of the woods in these posts were of all sorts, each with their own points of interest!  A wonderful collection!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Woods

Sense of adventure

Welcome to Week 67 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

While I didn’t take a count of last week’s entries, I do suspect last week’s theme of Yellow may have produced the highest number of entries to date; and they were fantastic!!

This week, I’m sticking with Nature for inspiration with the theme of Woods.  Of course, these woods are not always the friendly, welcoming place that we might like, as we have seen in fairy tales…  Then again, they can provide respite from a long trek in the mossy bed that sprawls among the trunks of whispering trees.  The choice is yours, but I would challenge you to not just photograph the woods; set the mood with your image of what you would like these woods to give us…

As you walk into your favorite woods, open up your mind’s eye and breathe in the atmosphere that resides among the trees; let what it tells you be your guide in creating an image that tells the story of these woods.

And now for a bit of mood setting…

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Something in the Woods

The idea of Pan has always been a bit sinister to me, as you know that he can be the trickster of your demise.  Finding Pan in these woods, cross-lit to great contrast, was somewhat unsettling, but also irresistible.  What deal will you make with him for safe passage?

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

My curiosity is already kindled by what lays ahead in this week’s creative minds!